General info about how the TOEFL works. Learn all about retaking the TOEFL, TOEFL test dates and scores, how the TOEFL compares to other tests, and more.


If you’re applying to an undergraduate program, you will probably have to submit scores for both the TOEFL and the SAT (or ACT). In some ways, this system is redundant: as I mentioned in my post on standardized test writing sections, there’s practically no difference when you compare the independent task on the TOEFL vs. […]

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Comparing the Writing Sections of Standardized Tests

Technically, a standardized test should only contain questions that have definite right and wrong answers. But over time, people realized that these types of questions aren’t always great at predicting how well a person knows something. Writing, for example, is notoriously hard to objectively assess.  That’s why it wasn’t until recently that essay portions of […]

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How Hard is the TOEFL?

So… Is the TOEFL Easy? When it comes to preparing for the TOEFL, the difficulty of the test is the elephant in the room (meaning everyone is wondering about it, but no one quite knows what to do). Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question. The research that has been done on the subject […]

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How important is my TOEFL score?

There’s no passing or failing the TOEFL, so how important your TOEFL score is depends on what program you’re applying to. At the end of the day, it’s important to realize that the TOEFL is just one part—albeit a very important part—of the information that colleges use to decide which students to accept. Most colleges […]

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Should I Retake the TOEFL?

So you took the TOEFL, and you’re not happy with your score. What should you do now? How important is your TOEFL score, really? Is it important to retake the TOEFL and get a higher score? These are good questions, but the answers are different for individual people. Maybe you scored a 96, but you […]

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